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Still Life Farm, Hardwick, MA
Year Round Vegetables and Fruits
Halley & Curtis Stillman

 

Once the Hardwick Poor Farm, circa 1850, Still Life Fruit Farm is flourishing today thanks to the efforts of owners and husband and wife team, Curtis and Halley. 

Curtis purchased Still Life Farm in May of 2010 and has been reclaiming the property ever since, removing large stands of invasive multi-flora rose and planting new orchards and row crops! He is a graduate of University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science. He spent his younger years learning to farm alongside his father Glenn, who owns Stillman's Farm. Curtis aspires to grow the business into a diverse fruit and vegetable farm. 

Halley is a graduate of Friends University in Wichita KS.  She graduated with a B.S. in both Field Biology and Zoo Science. She has vegetable growing experience at Stillman's Farm and Bear Hill Farm, and her many years as a volunteer at Heifer Project in Rutland, MA make her an old hand at animal husbandry. 

Curtis and Halley were married in August of 2014 and have been running the farm together full-time ever since, welcoming the next generation of farmers with the birth of their son, Kip, in the winter of 2020.

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Red River Farm & Landscape Supply - West Brookfield, MA
Pastured Meats, Free Range Eggs, Honey
Frankie, Marcel, Beck, Jean, & Julie

 

Red River Farm & Landscape Supply is family owned and operated. We each have our own story as to why we do what we do on the farm - from a love for animals, to a knack for driving and fixing equipment, talent at planning farm events, veterinary skills, or an affinity for store-keeping and customer relations. From owners to staff we all wear many hats and take on a variety of roles to ensure great customer service and humane care and treatment of our animals.
 

Our mission includes a strong emphasis on locally grown. On our land we keep honey bees and raise our own livestock on a combination of pasture and non-GMO grain grown right on Clover Hill Farm in Hardwick. The animals love visitors, so we hope you will stop by the farm to say hi! We also stock items from other local producers, including foods, body products, and home and garden decor. In addition we offer firewood and a wide variety of landscape materials. From all of us at the farm, thank you for your support!

Farmer Matt - West Brookfield, MA
Grass Fed and Finished Beef
Matt Koziol

West Brookfield, MA local, Farmer Matt, manages 265 acres of farmland in the Brookfields and surrounding towns. Much of the land he farms has been certified organic since 2015.

Farmer Matt also offers custom haymaking for many of the local farms and serves as the Chair for the Agricultural Commission in town.

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Alta Vista Bison Farm/ Milk Room Brewing Co. Rutland Ma

Bison Farm & Brewery

Kevin & Anne

Since we opened our doors, Milk Room Brewing Co. has become an integral part of the local community. We started Milk Room Brewing Co. in 2020 as we wanted to create a family friendly destination in Rutland, MA.

Our Beer Pasture is open seasonally, weather dependent, with live music and food trucks. We have over 50 tables in our pasture and also a spectacular deck that offers flights for your enjoyment while overlooking the beautiful grounds and animals.

In addition to our cans and growlers to go, we also have a wide variety of merchandise and a full retail store with all your black angus beef and bison products for sale. 

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The Bread Box Co - Sturbridge, MA
Hand Crafted Fresh Breads and Baked Goods
Tamsin Lucey

Tamsin Lucey's parents managed British Pubs; her teen years were spent preparing traditional pub food from scratch. She has cooked from scratch ever since.  Now in the USA,  she draws on those years of experience every day baking for The Bread Box Company.  Tamsin uses traditional home baking methods to make all her artisan breads and baked products. She believes strongly in health through clean foods and preserving our land for generations to come. Tamsin proudly uses locally sourced farm-fresh and organic products as available. Her ingredients are non GMO, and contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients. 

Brynne's Bread - Oakham, MA
Organic Breads & Baked Goods
Brynne Stark

Brynne Stark discovered her love for baking bread in her mid 20’s. Tired of the tasteless bread available in your typical supermarket, she decided to see what it took to bake a loaf of bread. Since that first loaf, Brynne’s appreciation for the simple ingredients of bread has grown. Being a believer in local foods, local farms and local business, Brynne has made sure to include not only the highest quality ingredients, but ingredients that might come from your neighbor or even the farm up the road. 

Beginning by baking for a few friends and family, Brynne's Bread now has a large local following. Brynne continues to grow as a baker, attending workshops such as the Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, Maine and Shaping French Breads at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT.  In 2017, Brynne and her husband Chris built a wood-fired, earthen oven, and in 2019 they built an adorable traveling bread caravan to take her goods to market. 

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Frederyque's Delights - Ware, MA
Organic Pies, Cakes & Cupcakes
Frederyque Koetsch

Frederyque used to hate cooking or anything of the sorts. Then, after she married her husband she started trying to bake - and fell in love. First she mastered pies, then moved on to cupcakes, cakes, and muffins, eventually branching out into breads, pastries, and gluten free baking. Frederyque has found her passion and is constantly trying new things, all the while honoring a commitment to using local produce and organic ingredients. This passion has become a family business, with her husband William helping out with decorating and administrative tasks until their daughter gets older and joins in too. 

Breezeland Orchards - Warren, MA
New England Orchard Fruits
The Tuttle Family

The Tuttle family is proud to honor the rural New England farming traditions, on the 190 acre apple orchard that has been owned and operated by the family since 1896. We practice low ecological impact farming which reduces pesticide use. Our Worcester County orchard is more than a business, it’s been our way of life for five generations.

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The Petrie Family Farm - Brimfield, MA
Chemical Free Produce, Herbs & Flowers, Homestead Livestock Supply, Perennial & Vegetable Plants.
Jessica Petrie-Cummings

 

 Though this property has been a sufficiency farm as far as I can trace, my parents William and Garma Petrie started their homestead here in 1982. Clydesdale horses dragged the logs from the forest for my father to build our home and sugar shack, while my mother planted crops and raised goats, chickens and rabbits. "Herbal Delights" was my mother's plant stand, where she shared her love of culinary and homeopathic herbs. Many of the varieties she grew can still be found here today! In 2015, I restarted the family farm, on a wing and a prayer, in their honor. It has since grown, not only to sustain us, but a portion of our community as well. The Petrie Family farm grows non-GMO heirloom vegetables, fruits and herbs. We raise heritage animals and provide animals to other homesteads and hobby farmers.

Livestock & other products can be found on www.petrie-family-farm.myshopify.com.

Info on us can be found on www.petriefamilyfarm.com

Front Yard Farm - Ware, MA
Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables, Free Range Eggs
Kelly Wheeler & Chris Allard

It all started with their desire to grow their own food - and it all started in their front yard. Today Kelly and Chris produce vegetables, fruits, and eggs on multiple acres and in several greenhouses.

All our products are raised using sustainable practices that feed the soil and utilize methods like crop rotation and row covering to avoid the use of harmful pesticides. We believe that for our gardens to be truly healthy, we need to support habitat for beneficial insects. We do this by avoiding pesticides and planting a large diversity of crops to support the "good bugs". Although we use a Beyond Organic methodology that is free from harmful pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs we are not certified by the USDA. However, we are committed to ensuring the health of our community and our environment which deeply informs our farming practices. Chemical free is the way to be!  

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Grown Up Farm, Belchertown MA
Cultivated Mushrooms & Specialty Vegetables
Clarissa & Michael Madden

This family runs a tiny farm in Belchertown, growing veggies and mushrooms in the most eco-friendly and sustainable ways they can. Both Clarissa & Mike are chefs, and bring a true appreciation for fine foods to their farming. The couple enjoyed foraging for wild mushrooms for many years before they began cultivating. 
Mother Bear Skin Care Brimfield Ma
All natural bath & body products
Gabrielle Lavallee
Hello! I'm Gabrielle the owner of Mother Bear Skincare, a small business located in Brimfield Massachusetts. I started making skincare recipes in my home in 2018 to help manage my daughter's dry sensitive skin. I make my own recipes from scratch and I only use Fair~Trade Certified Organic Sustainably Farmed Ingredients. My daughter has psoriasis and eczema so making recipes that are gentle for all skin types, especially those who are immune-compromised like my daughter is a top priority! Keeping my daughter's skin flairs at bay and keeping her healthy and happy has always been my goal. I wanted to help others who have similar skin conditions so I have been working really hard to try to get my name out there so I can help as many people as I can by offering a healthier alternative to synthetically made skincare products. Most products you buy at the store have unnatural fillers and additives to preserve the shelf life. The difference with my products is they are made in small batches to extend the natural preservatives in them and are never made with synthetic additives and fillers! My products are safe to use on delicate skin but are recommended to do a spot test if you have specific allergies to any of the natural ingredients. I hope you will enjoy my products as much as I do and share them with your loved ones. 
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Grimes Apiary, Brookfield MA
Raw Honey
Donald Grimes

Our beekeeping interest started in 1981 when Donald Grimes wanted an agricultural hobby, and gravitated toward the one his uncle and great uncle enjoyed, even though he didn't like the taste of the honey his parents bought from the store. That year Donald attended the Worcester County Beekeepers Association annual bee school. After the completion of bee school, Donald purchased his first hive from legendary beekeeper Frank Lagrant of Ware, MA. He found the hives very interesting and would sit watching the honeybees fly in and out, wondering what actually was happening within the hive. 

 

During Donald’s first year as a beekeeper he was only able to harvest 6 meager pounds of honey. While extracting it, Donald decided to try the fresh honey from his hive and to his surprise it was actually delicious - nothing like the honey that his parents purchased from the grocery store.

It has now been 32 years since Donald purchased his first hive. With the support of family and friends, Grimes Apiary has evolved from a single hive to a successful business serving the surrounding towns with 100% natural, pure, delicious raw honey and bee products.

Harms Family Farm, Brookfield MA
Pure Maple Syrup
Lucas & Sonya Harms

Luke has been producing delicious maple syrup since 2006 in Maine and Massachusetts and Sonya has been working on and managing farms from Massachusetts to California since 2007, and making amazing maple syrup with Luke since 2011.

 

At Harms Family Farm we are dedicated to producing food that is healthy for the earth and all its inhabitants.  We are passionate about producing the highest quality and best tasting maple syrup for your eating enjoyment. This is why we use only a wood fired evaporator and filter through cotton. No fancy machines, just the way it’s been done for generations.

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Spice by Rachel Sweet
Handcrafted organic spice mixes
Rutland Ma
www.spicebyrachelsweet.com

Spice by Rachel Sweet combines a love of healthy delicious food and a mission to bring it within easy reach of the home cook. Rachel aims to make unique and flavorful dishes practical for weeknight meals. All ingredients are the highest quality organic spices available and are listed by country on her packets.

Rachel's spices are blended to perfection, come with recipe cards and are in plant based packing. What's not to love?

Jay's Wicked - Ware, MA
Small Batch Gourmet BBQ & Hot Sauces and Spice Blends
Jason & Shannon Green

 

Jay's Wicked is owned and operated by husband and wife team Jason and Shannon Green.
 

Jason has been a chef since 2002. When you taste his food you know he loves his job! He has a knack for using science to amp up his creations, leaving you with an amazing spectrum of flavor combinations. Shannon is a student of herbalism and an advocate for sustainable farming practices. Together the couple produces their small batch, all natural sauces at the Western Mass Food Processing Center in Greenfield, MA, sourcing as many local ingredients as possible. Their dedication to using locally derived ingredients has earned them membership in CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture).

Currently they source from:

Hubbard's Dry Brook Farm - Sunderland, Ma; Autumn Morning Farm - Barre, Ma;

Squash, Inc. - Belchertown, Ma.

The majority of their products are vegan, they use no gluten ingredients, they have a focus on sustainable product packaging... and as their motto goes,  they'll help you easily "Enhance the Flavor of Anything".

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Our Family Garden - Belchertown, MA
Homemade Canned Goods
Darvin & Helena Martin

 

Though they grew up in communities nearly 3,000 miles apart, Darvin and his wife Helena both have experienced and appreciated homemade canned goods since their childhood. Now since 2016 they have been seeking out ways to bring this to you, a true family effort as they teach their children the generations-old process on their farm in western Massachusetts. First with applesauce and preserves, and then broadening out with a line of tasty tomato products, they make it their goal to share their heritage of homemade fruits and vegetables. 

The Toasted Roasters- Charlton, Ma

Small batch coffee roasters

Scott & Marco

You’ll find us roasting coffee in Charlton, Massachusetts, in our shop laughing, enjoying an amazing coffee or a great local beer and listening to great music. Although we’re much busier today than we ever first expected, we haven’t lost touch with why we started this journey to begin with. We decided to create our own great coffee and we’re proud of how far we’ve come, and we’re still having a blast doing it.

We’re very excited to share our coffees with you as well!

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the Joy of Beans, West Brookfield, Ma
Artisan small batch coffee roaster
Joy Hinton

 

Sourcing beans from Africa, Central America, North America, South America and Indonesia. Roasting just for you. Enjoy a cup of coffee from the Joy of Beans.

Sturbridge Coffee House, Sturbridge Ma

Coffee House & Community Supporter

Pia Rogers

  Sturbridge Coffee House brews great coffee and provides fresh and creative meals to their customers- but that's not all. Pia focuses on supporting local vendors and has their merchandise for sale inside her shop. Her free pantry box provides donations to those in need and you can always find creative & friendly people in her unique shop!

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Maple Mama - Wendell, MA
Craft Sparkling Beverages
The Laur Family

 

When Joe and Sara moved to their small New England town and learned how to tap the trees in their backyard, their love affair with ‘Mother Earth’s own sweetener,’ began. THey knew its goodness came from deep in the natural, organic soil. But when their kids, Maya and Sam, got older and started asking for soda pop—that’s when they discovered the real magic of maple.
 

Turns out, maple has enough antioxidants and nutrients to be considered a superfood. So, they got the idea to make something good for their kids by blending sparkling water, natural flavors and a few drops of their maple sweetener cooked up on the kitchen stove. When blended just right, it brightened the other flavors for a truly fresh and satisfying taste.

They began selling it at local fairs. Folks couldn’t believe the sparkling beverage was 100% sweetened by healthy maple and nothing else! And that’s how Maple Mama was born.

Janice Dunham's Kitchen - Ware, MA
Small Batch Beer, Wine & Fruit Jellies
Janice Dunham

Janice Dunham started off as a small home bakery and now also makes beer and wine jelly with Tree House Brewery Beer and Hardwick Winery Wine.  Janice makes each batch one pot at a time.  

 

Janice likes spending time with her family, shooting archery, and taking care of her oxen and chickens (which is where the logo comes from).

 

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Turnabout Farm Baked Goods, Brookfield, MA
Small Batch Homemade Jams
Lee Fernandez

 

Lee Fernandez has been farming all her life. Sixteen years ago her family bought a small farm in Brookfield, where she lives today with her hubby, horses, dogs, cats, and one ridiculous rabbit. Creating foods from healthy, clean, responsibly raised produce has always been important to Lee, but now that her family is expanding it has become a mission - only the best for her treasured grandchildren. 

Lee's jams are special - they are fruity delicious and very low in sugar. Almost all of the fruits she uses are grown locally. What she does not grow herself comes from fellow farmers who are as conscious of the dangers of chemicals and GMO's as Lee is.  All her jams are gluten free, dairy free and vegan, and include a wide selection with wonderful flavor combinations. Give them a try and remember what a jam should taste like!

Camp Ashleigh Photos, Holland Ma

Nature photos, cards & magnets

Sharon Ashleigh

Here at Camp Ashleigh, we’re all about finding the magic! Whether it’s catching the light on the water, finding feathers on the path, planting flowers or carving out time to make memories - small moments tend to matter most. My wish is to bring some of that magic into focus and share with others as a reminder of the beauty within our ordinary lives. We don’t have to look far to find it - it's waiting for us to see it! With each purchase, a ripple continues. I thank you.

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Birch Hill Farm West Brookfield, MA

 Homegrown Hero Certified Hay, poultry, free range chicken, chicken eggs, duck and goose eggs

Rachel & Luke McGarr Woman & Veteran owned and operated

 

       Rachael and Luke have been farming together together 6.5 years. Rachael started at a very young age with chickens and bunnies. She quickly fell in love with horses and the equine world. After a long stint as a working student for several excellent instructors she moved into a career of heavy equipment operation with IUOE Local 4. In her spare time she continued to dabble in agricultural pursuits including hay, cranberries, herbs, and pastured poultry. She enjoys finding solutions to problems in a forward thinking manner using all the resources we have available to us today. Mixing her two loves of farming and horses she is looking forward to using equines in all of Birch Hill Farm's future endeavors. Luke started working in the agricultural field while attending Bristol County Agricultural H.S. First working in the fields making hay and chopping corn for the school as well working in the dairy barn. After high school he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Iraq war. He still to this day serves in the Army Reserves where his love and dedication for service has transferred to his other passions; service to his community by providing nutrient dense food for a healthier sustainable community. Luke is the farm's Mr. Fix it and you will frequently find him tinkering away repairing equipment or doing maintenance. He loves historic machines and especially breathing life back into older farm tractors and classic trucks. Since moving to West Brookfield in late 2020 we have really expanded our vision for the future and look forward to growing with our new neighbors. We raise quality free range poultry as well as rabbits, goats and pastured/forest raised pigs. We make and sell local and NY hay. 

Mama Life Oils Wilbraham Ma

Lemonade, Elderberry Syrup and Home Products

Jessica Petit

 

Hi, my name is Jessica Petit, proud Owner of Mama LIFE Oils & Wellness. Here's a little about me and my family: In 2016, my daughter was born and we discovered she has a genetic mutation where she has difficulty processing toxins, which can cause health issues down the road. Come to find out she got it from me, so we both have it. As a first time mom, I panicked! What can I do?! That's when I learned more about essential oils and natural solutions. I use my oils daily and swear by them! All of the products I make are made with organic ingredients. I also have a certified, residential kitchen where I make the best Elderberry Syrup around! If you haven't tried it, you need to! It's been a wonderful learning experience and so amazing how we can treat our homes and selves with plant-based products. I hope you enjoy my products and welcome you to a more holistic lifestyle.

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